Thursday, December 13, 2012


Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop. Thank you to all our sponsors for this hop! I'm so excited to be a part of it.

Are you going mad with the holidays? I am! I can't believe Christmas is less than two weeks away. I've barely managed to get my Christmas cards out and I've gotten gifts for only one person. ACK! This is definitely my favorite time of the year, but there is so much still to do!!!

I used to be the type of person who started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. My tree went up, the Christmas music filled the house and I made cookies with my niece and nephew. I'd drive around the neighborhood to see the lights and decorations people put up in their yards. I'd enjoy searching out gifts for all my relatives and close friends. By this time, in the past, I would've had most of my shopping done and I'd be wrapping the gifts and arranging them under my tree while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol or The Holiday.

But this year, I have yet to even put up a single decoration! After Thanksgiving, I kept putting off the holiday activities because I had too much to do. I figured I had plenty of time to get the work done and once I finished my other work- edits, cleaning, job hunting, day jobs- I'd have plenty of time to do my shopping. But this past Tuesday, my publisher told me my next book, Simple Treasures, would be available on Christmas Day. When I pulled out my calendar and realized it was only TWO WEEKS away, I panicked! I've got soooooo much still to do and, if I want to enjoy any of the season, I better get busy as soon as possible. So, while you are visiting here and the other sites for the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop I will be jumping in, feet first, to my holiday plans.

Now, it is a holiday, gift-giving time of the year, so I am planning to give you a present! Tell me. Are you all ready for the holiday? Do you enjoy it? Or are you like me, scrambling now to get your home decorated and all your gifts wrapped? Leave a comment and you will be in the running for a Christmas treat from me! I'll take comments for the length of the Blog Hop and I'll post the winner on December 22nd, once the hop is over.

Once you’ve finished commenting and visiting with me, don’t forget the other participants in this blog hop CLICK HERE!!! AND be sure to put your name in the running here for the GRAND PRIZE, a Kindle Fire filled with books from the sponsors!



  1. Hi Alexa :) I'm not sure why, but every year is different for my family. When we have the decorations up, whether or not we get all the cards sent out on time, what we cook, who we celebrate with. The constant thing is that our little core of three are always happy and together. I hope you have a blast with this hop and I'd like to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season. :)

  2. I've cut back on the decorating and baking, so the season is a lot easier for me. Thanks for being part of the hop and Happy Holidays!

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  3. I'm ready - do all my shopping online ;) hosannahighest (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. I have to still catch up. I had eight days that I was ether healing from or getting more injuries. I'm still black and blue and limping on one foot. But I will make it! Happy Holiday to everyone.

    Judy Peterson

  5. Carlene, it sounds like you all keep it interesting!

    Anonymous, that's great that you can now enjoy it. I'm hoping to truly get into it this weekend.

    P. Creeden, I'm so jealous! I've thought about online shopping, but there's something I like about actually physically shopping for the gifts.

    Judy, wow! It sounds like you need to take care of yourself more than anything at the moment. Please do that!

  6. I still have to wrap about a million gifts but the tree is up they turkey is bought and I feel organized for an aussie christmas.

  7. An Aussie Christmas? Ooooh, where are you, Megan? I've got family outside of Sydney and in Perth! Wrapping can be especially fun. Enjoy!

  8. I am FINISHED!! YAY:)
    I do enjoy it some years more than others, but this year was fun!

  9. I'm like you. I am running behind and the end is not in sight lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. Gifts are bought, wrapped and under the tree or mailed to their final destination. Next week I begin baking cookies then pies and finally bread. I do seem to enjoy it more when things are under control.

  11. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I am so far from ready for the holidays!! I am def a Chruistmas eave type of shopper!

  12. Scampering and scrambling to catch up!! OOOH Her Highland Champion looks interesting!! As do you other books.


  13. i really look forward to the holidays. this year i haven't had very much time to do Christmas preparations, but I figured out that I'll do my best, what I have time with, and can't do so much more.

  14. I do look forward to the holidays, though they just seem to come faster and faster every year. I do have my shopping done. Which is amazing because I am usually running out for someone I missed or a gift I forgot.


  15. I'm not crazy about the holidays because there is so much going on and it gets stressful but I do have all my presents bought. The best part is getting to see my nieces and nephew open their presents.

  16. It's always catch up in my house except for when it comes to baking.We don’t really have any traditions except baking a lot. I’m mean hundreds and hundreds of cookies, cheesecakes, and brownies.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  17. Our tree went up the first week in December. I did manage to get my Christmas cards out the day after Thanksgiving though. Plus I did handmade gifts this year. Since I have 5 siblings with 4 spouses & 7 nieces and nephews to make for, I started those much earlier and am happy to report I just need to get everything boxed and wrapped. I am so proud of myself. :)

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I only have baking to do.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  19. Usually I am all gung ho for Christmas. I can't wait for Thanksgiving so that I can decorate, but this year I have been feeling blah. I still haven't finished shopping and when I think about doing it, I feel like throwing a tantrum like a 2 year old. I guess because I have been stuck at home more this season I am just not feeling the spirit of Christmas as much. I really need to have a Christmas movie marathon....LOL
    Merry Christmas to you.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  20. Ok so i am slacker to this year.. I still haven't gotten my cards finished i have a couple boxes to send out... I put up my tree the other day to find out i didn't have any lights so i ran down to Target only lights left were Red... So i have a Red and Gold themed tree this year not the normal on we have lol... Not to mention my 3 yearold keeps taking the decorations of the tree and hiding them.. Uhh he is worse than a cat sometime lol.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for being part of the hop

  21. Hello, thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Ready for the holidays.
    Happy holidays!

  23. Okay, all of you who are ready? I'm SOOOOOOO jealous! Those of you struggling like me, I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of it.

    I'm actually surprised about how much I'm emjoying it even though I'm still shopping and post office visiting with less than a week away. I think I'm trying to make the most of it.

    I haven't even read any holiday books yet and I usually read at least 3! I've only got a bit more time! I think I'll go shopping for myself now and head over to my publisher's site....

  24. I barely decorated this year with my health issues and I haven't done any shopping, so you're way ahead of me.
    Merry Christmas
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo .com

  25. I'm struggling this year. My daughter has been ill all week. I've been at the doctor's office or waiting on hold or calling them and the specialist to see next week. Every year is different. I make lots of holiday gifts. I am making a quilt, knitting socks and a bag, sewing pajamas and blue jean bags. I also made raspberry jam. The shopping is complete. I am doing New Year's cards. I always want to write a personal letter in every card, not just a form letter, so it takes me a month to do them all. Thanks for doing the hop and giveaway this busy time of year!

  26. Happy Holidays,thanks for the chance to win.


  27. this contest is a great way to find new authors to follow! I'm loving it! Joyce

  28. I'm all ready! Yay I can't usually say that. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  29. Great hop & awesome giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  30. i still have to get some stocking stuffers but other than that i am done
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  31. I too used to be like you decorating way early and getting my shopping done by Dec 1st. I'm not at all like that anymore. I've lost the spirit over the years and don't do much of anything anymore. I keep hoping I'll get in the spirit one of these years. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  32. Thank you to everyone for visiting me during the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop. The winner of the "treat" from me is.....